In the 2000 movie “Pay It Forward,” a young boy was given a social-studies assignment in which he was to come up with an idea that would improve mankind, and then put his idea into action.
He conceived the notion that, rather than paying favors back, we should “pay favors forward” by doing three good deeds for someone who would in turn “pay it forward.” His idea resulted in positive changes in his life and the lives of an ever-widening circle of people completely unknown to him.
This “pay it forward” concept provided the inspiration for A. Allbright Painting Inc.’s annual charity “Paint It Forward” program. The Valencia, Calif., company on Saturday completed work on its fifth annual Paint It Forward project: the home of Dan Allen and Karen Allen in Castaic, Calif.
Allbright Painting said Allen has been a resident of the area for 45 years, along with his wife and son. In June of 2006, he suffered a T2 spinal cord injury in a freak accident and was left paralyzed from the chest down. He has been unable to work since the accident, and the medical bills have piled up. His wife took on the role of full-time caretaker. He is confined to his bed or wheelchair and is unable to do home improvements or repairs himself.
Before his paralysis, Allen was active in the community, volunteering his time and talents to helping youth with basketball and basketball programs. He upgraded the air-conditioning system at his church and spent many days packing food for the Feed the Children foundation.
Upon seeing the Allens’ home and the needs he has—such as not being able to take a shower or bath because of bathroom-access limitations—Allbright painting swung into action, with the help of several other contractors. Surfaces USA stepped in to remodel Allen’s bathroom so he can shower. Elite Flooring is donating much-needed area rugs; Brodie Electric is adding lighting; Preferred Glass is widening a doorway; and Anaya’s Window Coverings is providing some final touches with window treatments.
Allbright painted the interior of the home, work that included removing wallpaper, application of primer and paint, spraying of acoustic ceilings, remodeling of the bathroom, and painting of wood trim throughout. Allbright Painting President Joshua Abramson estimated the value of Allbright’s work at $7,500.
“This speaks volumes to our community’s values—when most contractors are scaling back their businesses, these contractors are focusing on giving back to their hometown,” Abramson said in the announcement on the project. “We are honored to have the opportunity once again to ‘Paint It Forward’ to those who are working through difficult hardships by providing them with painting services to add some brightness to their lives.”
Abramson, in an interview with PaintSquare News, said Allbright Painting’s 25 employees enjoy teaming up for the annual Paint It Forward program. “We look forward to it every year. What’s really neat is that we never get to work together on the same day, and it’s a real blessing to be able to do that on this one day. We get so much out of it.”
More about the project is available on the company’s website blog, located at www.abpainting.com/site/charityaward.